Mum takes on Great North Run

23rd August 2017

A Darlington mum and non-runner is taking on the Great North Run for us 

Mum takes on Great North Run

Katharine Davies, 45, is tackling the iconic half marathon in memory of her 15-year-old son Jamie, who sadly lost his life to meningitis in February this year.

She’s teaming up with her brother Chris Davies and three others, including John Barker, Jamie’s form tutor for the past five years from Hummersknott Academy in the town, where Jamie was a Year 11 student. The other team members are Claire Middleton and Debbie Rook.

“I’m not a runner,” Katharine said, “but I work in Newcastle so this event felt like the natural thing to do. I’m determined to get round the course.”

Coping with the loss 

“Fundraising is a way of coping with the loss and grief and provides some sort of focus.”

Following Jamie’s death Katharine was visited by our founder Steve Dayman.

“Talking to Steve has been helpful in trying to come to terms with what happened,” Katharine added “and the charity has also put me in touch with other parents affected by this disease – that’s been really helpful.”

Raised over £10,000

Jamie’s school has also been very supportive and with them Katharine organised a football match in July that raised over £4,000. With other fundraising and support she has now raised over £10,000 towards our research, awareness and support work. 

Katharine’s efforts will be cheered on by her children Suzi, 13, and Zak, 9, when she takes on the challenge on Sunday 10 September. She’s pledged to raise £300 but hopes for more. Support Katharine.